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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • ashley

    I was on thr pepo for about 5 years and i got off about 1 year ago and i have not had a pperiod at all i am trying to have a baby and want to know if there are things that could help

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  • Tabatha

    Hi I am. It trying to conceive but need advice. My boyfriend and I have been active now for almost a year. I finally got the birth control shot depo last week on Saturday the 14 of February and this Saturday we had sex. At the end as I was getting off of him after he cam the condom had come off and was stuck inside the vagina and I am wondering could I be at risk of getting pregnant. Please someone help me I don’t want to be pregnant but I was told that the shot is effective but when is it fully effective. I read after 1 week it’s effective so I couldn’t get pregnant is this true. I’m not sure if any sperm had gotten inside me and I am worried a little bit trying to figure this out.

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  • sushma

    It can take 5 years or more then that. I take depo provra . In indion date 2011 now 2015 start . I dont have periods back and not gating pregnant too. I did everything to gat normal . Halp me please

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  • sushma

    I take only shot of depo.. / that time iam 17 and now iam 21 . I naver use birth control befor or after that depo is first one. Iam so sad .

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  • sushma

    We have to take birth pills to gat stop periods back.

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  • Tabatha

    Were not trying to concieve at this time

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  • Carly Lewis

    I used Depo in Oct. 2014 and missed my one in Jan. A week after I was on my period. It was a normal period for me 7-8 days. How long will it take for me to conceive?

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  • unknown

    I’ve been off the depo shot for a couple months now. I’m very active with my partner & we want kids right away. I’ve been having soreness in my breast & white doischarge in my panties. Am I pregnant?

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  • Je

    I’ve been off depo for a year and 2 month and my periods are normal why can’t I get pregnant !!

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  • thatgirl

    I have been on the depo shot for a year and the last shot expired on the 26th of February. I have sex on the 28th, what are the chances that I could be pregnant?

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  • L. Matthews

    I got two Depo shots January and April of 2014. Its now March 2015 and its still in my system. I had a very light period that lasted three days in January and February. But we’ve been TTC since July 2014. How long should it take for me to get pregnant ? I’m 39 and feel like I’m running out of time. I started prenatal vitamins in September 2014 along with Vitex until January 2015. I started the ConceiveEasy supplements February 19, 2015. I can’t afford a specialist. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Thomesha Lott

    Ok i only took one shot. I didnt got back for my second one. First shit was at the beginning of december. Was supposed to get second shot beg. Of march. I had a period for about three weeks. How soon could i get pregnant?

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  • lul

    Hey my first shot was sep 17 2013 n my last shot was in October 7 n it be a year now tryin . To get pregnant but I am having my normal period so do I have the. Change plz help

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  • Rachel

    It has been 13 weeks since my last shot. My husband and I have been having sex every other day for the past month. My breasts are very tender and heavy and i have slight cramping in the middle of the night. Could I be pregnant already???

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  • Liz

    Im 20 yrs. old and I want to have a baby. ive only had the shot one time I don’t plan to go back for the second shot due on April 17,2015. how long will it be till I can get pregnant

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  • samantha finnerty

    I had one shot on depo and that was over a year ago I have had normal periods since until my year and now I have been on my period for over a week…is that my body telling me my depo is out of my system?

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  • Niqua

    I Got Two Doses of The Depo Shot and that was it, How long Do I have to Wait until I’m able to have kids?

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  • rebekah

    I honestly feel like I have been lied too and deceived. I have been on the depo shoot for two years, and the doctor told me after I was off the depo ten days past when I should have had my last injection that I could get pregnant again. Now I am thinking about having another child and heres the news that oh no you cant because the doctor lied. She gave me false information. Two years it could take after your last injection? Are you kidding me? Im on the pill now is there something else I should know? I am very upset.

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  • rahkel

    I had my last shot sept 28th 2014 took 5 months to get my frist period.. I started my 1st period feb 16th 2015 last 5 days then i just got my 2nd period march 17th 2015 lasted 5 days… So their pretty regular i guess you could say and i only had two shots! Im tryin for my last baby but i dont know how long its gonna take plus im only 95.8 pounds my dr said it shouldnt take long cause im small and depo afterwards likes to live in your fat cells.. Anyone have any advice????

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  • Molly Turner

    I started getting the depo provera shot in June 2014 & my mom is now wanting to take me off of it bc of weight gain. My shot ran out about 4 days ago & I’ve had unprotected sex quite a lot sense then.. I’m very scared that I could possibly be pregnant but from what I’ve read it could take 4-10 months. I jus need advice on what to do.

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  • Marleen

    Is the four to ten months after the 3 months of your last shot or right after your shot?

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  • niecey

    I took the depo shot last November and didn’t go back in February my cycle started back in February I have been having back pain nauseous shortness of breath and headache is it possible I’m pregnant plz help

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  • Lovelyxo

    I’ve read all the comments I’ve been on depo for four years and my question is how long should I wait for it to be out of my system ? And how do I know its off my body ? Also If im recently off the shot should we use protection since I’m not trying to be pregnant right away…Thanks

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  • mara

    I got the depo shot October 23 and it expired January 23 now i am trying to have a baby how long will it take me to start ovulating again I’ve been off the shot 3 months now I really want a baby

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  • Jodie

    Hi I had depo for about 3 years but I should of had it on the 20th of November 2013 but didn’t have it so 2 years this November ive not had it for and now I’m wanting a baby how long do you recon it could take?

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  • melissa savala

    I was on the depo shot for years got off jan 2014 and gave my body a rest for 10 months try to get pregnet and didn’t happen..so I stated thinking am I ready for another baby so I got back on it oct 2014 and got it twice I was suppose to go back to get my 3rd shot april 1st 2015 never did..me and my fiancé are ready to try again. how long will it take. and I know my age has a lot to do with it im 37 years old.

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  • Nina

    I just had a baby in Dec and got a period in the beginning and middle of Jan. I got my first Depo shot at the end of Jan. and had unprotected sex that same day of the shot, I didn’t have a period or anything for those three months. I got my second shot at the end of April and I have been having some real bad sharp pains in my lower abdomen been getting light headed, migraines, started spotting lightly then it would get heavy and stop and now just light. But these past few days I have just been getting these terrible sharp pains in my lower abdomen, light spotting and light headed can you tell me what might be the problem?

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  • Nia Fountain

    I just had a baby in Dec and got a period in the beginning and middle of Jan. I got my first Depo shot at the end of Jan. and had unprotected sex that same day of the shot, I didn’t have a period or anything for those three months. I got my second shot at the end of April and I have been having some real bad sharp pains in my lower abdomen been getting light headed, migraines, started spotting lightly then it would get heavy and stop and now just light. But these past few days I have just been getting these terrible sharp pains in my lower abdomen, light spotting and light headed can you tell me what might be the problem?

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  • Familia Guillen

    I was on the depo shot and stop using it 6 months ago..I have normal periods but I still can’t get pregnant..dose anyone knows how much longer do I have to wait to conceive ?? I Been working on my ovulation days!!

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  • Abbey Ashby

    Would if iv been on the shot n got off of it n now im on the pill would if i stot the pill could i get pregnant faster?

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  • Abbey Ashby

    Thank u for putting this on here im on the pill after getting the shot because the pill got me prago thefirst time lol lets try it agin

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  • Jessica

    I have had three depo shots and have decided to try for our second child. How long should I expect to be able to get pregnant again?

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  • shantice hill

    I was on the shot for less then a year i missed last shoot in november of 2013 i never went back me and my husband been trying to conceive since then but now as far as my cycle i have been having one and ovulating .But what i wanna know is

    Now i been feeling nauseous ,tired and been feeling alot of pressure in uterus i want to know is that normal or should i go to doctors some time pressure become unbearable ?????????It feel as if something Is pushing down on uterus really hard at times and its not painful i just feel very uncomfortable?????????

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  • shantice hill

    I was on the shot for less then a year i missed last shoot in november of 2013 i never went back me and my husband been trying to conceive since then but now as far as my cycle i have been having one and ovulating .But what i wanna know is

    Now i been feeling nauseous ,tired and been feeling alot of pressure in uterus i want to know is that normal or should i go to doctors some time pressure become unbearable its not painful just very uncomfortable ?????

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  • shantice hill

    I was on the shot for less then a year i missed last shoot in november of 2013 i never went back me and my husband been trying to conceive since then but now as far as my cycle i have been having one and ovulating .But what i wanna know is

    Now i been feeling nauseous ,tired and been feeling alot of pressure in uterus i want to know is that normal or should i go to doctors some time pressure become unbearable its not painful just very uncomfortable ?????

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  • Nicole Golden

    I had my first depo shot in the end of 2011 until Dec of 2013. I got pregnant in Jan of 2014 then got back on depo in Oct of 2014. I recently missed my shot in May and Im trying to get pregnant again. But I believe that my period is about to come on so I may not be pregnant. How come I was able to get pregnant a month after I stopped depo the first time but now I cant. Why is this?

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  • Keylee Wilson

    I have had 2 depo shots and I’m due for my third one but I really wanna have a baby. How long would it take until I can conceive?

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  • magnachaos

    me and my girlfriend just had sex. I was not using a condom. I am 23 and this was my first real time having sex. she said her last Depo shot was scheduled to be about a month ago but she did not go. what are the chances that she may have gotten pregnant from intercourse?

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  • magnachaos

    also her last period was 4 months ago

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  • Kaylah16

    Ive been on depo for about a year and a half. We have a 3 year old and we are ready for a new baby. Its only been about 2 months since ive been off depo. After the 4 month period, is there any way I can speed up the process of becoming pregnant again?

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  • Tangyika

    I got my first depo shot. I’m due to get second,. One between July 2-16 . I’m not getting it. How long will it be to get pregnant

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